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Old 07-15-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Would you EVER let your child have a FB or Twitter?

Would you EVER let your child have a FB or Twitter?
Why or why not?
At what age?


[Started from thoughts arising from another thread about FB, rather than piggybacking.]

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Old 07-15-2012, 02:02 AM   #2
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I'm hoping that trend dies by the time my 5 yr old is a preteen. I would let them have an account when they're legally old enough(13 I think) and mature enough.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:14 AM   #3
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Re: Would you EVER let your child have a FB or Twitter?

I'm a yes.

I'd always monitor their content. For us, I see it as an opportunity to connect with family that lives far away.

The teeny-bopper phase might drive me nuts!! I don't want to read a thousand updates a day about anyone... "I just ate a sandwich." "I'm going to do X." "I'm doing X." etc. I can't stand the play-by-play statutes updates of someone's day, Grrr! (Dislike button, lol!)

Age - when the expressed desire meets maturity, and always with parental support and education.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:02 AM   #4
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Re: Would you EVER let your child have a FB or Twitter?

Yes, to FB & twitter. I see no point in refusing either at whatever age my kids have gotten or will get cell phones, iPads, laptops, or access to friends with technology. My older daughters were monitored when they were younger & my 3 yr olds are monitored with their iPads & our cells (they are allowed to open my FB & scroll through my albums of pics there).

If my children act immaturely, irresponsibly, or in poor taste it will come back to bite them regardless of if they do it online or at the playground and be an opportunity for personal reflection & growth. Our family fully embraces technology & openly chats about safety concerns with all of our daughters.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:26 AM   #5
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Yep, when they are old enough. Although I'd imagine that by the time my kids are old enough social media will have marched on to something else, seeing as my oldest is not yet 5.

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:18 AM   #6
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I chose maybe..... b/c as a parent, I have learned to not say never to what I would do in any situation that I have not come across yet. I have been burned a couple of times .
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Yes, when they meet the minimums to sign up AND are mature enough. We'll start it together and DH/I will monitor, slowly take less oversight as they grow. That said, I don't have accts on either one, and DH has only a fb acct. Also, FB/Twitter may not be the big thing when DD/DS reach teenagerhood (remember when myspace was the big thing? now no one's on it), but social media is not going away. I will let them sign up for whatever is the big "thing" then.
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Sure, FB when 13. I'm not a fan of twitter bc I'm not familiar with it and all its privacy settings. I let my 14 year old have one this year to keep up with cross country/track team updates from her school.
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Us, but it would be definitely monitored. I would have passwords and check daily for inappropriate content. If passwords were every changed without me knowing first, I would have to cut off access for a bit.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:17 AM   #10
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My ODS just got fb this past year for his birthday. He turned 14. I helped him set it up and set the privacy. I also sit with him when he's on. OTOH my nieces and nephews have their own accounts. There are 5 of them ranging from 9-12 (3 families). I was going to protest by not friending them but I accidentally friended one although I don't have the rest on there. Another sister (I've got 6 siblings) has her dog on fb. She plays games through that account but it was set up as a passive aggressive reaction to the young cousins on fb.
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